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DACS Now Available in Three Formats

Call it a three-peat! The web version of Describing Archives: A Content Standard Second Edition is now available and can be accessed directly (or from the home page for the second edition; select “DACS Second Edition 2013 Web Version”). DACS is also available as a PDF and in print.

Call for 2014 Student Paper and Poster Presentations

The 2014 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions—a paper session and a poster session—dedicated to student scholarship during the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA in Washington, DC, August 10-16, 2014. Work from both master’s and doctoral students will be considered. Proposals are due February 3, 2014. Read more and submit your proposal here.

NEW! In the Loop Archive

Check out SAA’s new In the Loop Archive, which features all issues from 2013. SAA will update the page each time an issue is published.

Get Involved! A Call to Service in SAA

SAA Vice President/President-Elect Kathleen Roe is now soliciting volunteers to serve on SAA appointed groups beginning in August 2014. If you’re interested in contributing to SAA’s growth – and developing professionally yourself! – review the list of open appointments and the volunteer form. Deadline: January 20, 2014.

POLL: What does diversifying the archival record mean to you?

Most archivists agree that diversity in the archival record is important, but what exactly does that look like? SAA's Diversity Committee wants to know. Send us your thoughts. Ask your friends and colleagues. Pass the question on to your professional interest groups. Answers can be sent to with the subject line "Diversifying the Archival Record" or posted publicly here on or before November 8.

14 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates

Congratulations to the fourteen newly minted Digital Archives Specialists (DAS). These archivists were the first to earn a DAS Certificate from SAA after completing required coursework within twenty-four months and passing comprehensive examinations in August 2013. Read more.

Thank You for Your ARCHIVES 2013 Feedback!

Over 360 people responded to the evaluation survey for ARCHIVES 2013. Read the report summarizing the results here.

Fall Into the Latest Issue of Archival Outlook

Read a wrap-up of the 2013 CoSA/SAA Joint Annual Meeting, meet SAA’s new Fellows and the 2013 award winners, learn about the Archives Leadership Institute reboot, and more in the September/October issue of Archival Outlook. The PDF is available here; the print copies will be mailed shortly.

Thanks for Your 2014 Session Proposals!

The 2014 Program Committee received a whopping 163 education session proposals and 33 professional poster proposals for ARCHIVES * RECORDS: Ensuring Access, the Joint Annual Meeting of CoSA, NAGARA, and SAA in Washington, DC, August 10-16, 2014. Program Committee members will begin their review of proposals during the week of October 22 and will meet in Chicago November 15-17 to determine the final selections. Thank you for the record-breaking response to the 2014 Call for Proposals!

October 10 (1010) Is Electronic Records Day!

Take the opportunity on 1010 to raise awareness among the general public, allied professionals, state government agencies, and others about the importance of electronic records (as well as preservation and access to them!). The Council of State Archivists, which sponsors Electronic Records Day every October 10, has prepared “10 Reasons Why Electronic Records Need Special Attention” for your use in spreading the word….

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